noun[often as modifier] • informal , chiefly North American
- A part of a country characterized by declining industry and a falling population, especially in the American Midwest and NE states: a rust-belt townMore example sentences
- The darkest red areas are the opposite: heavily industrialized northeast France (including Lille) with high industrial unemployment, communist labor unions and rust-belt industries.
- In the view of some it is as if the management of the FRG has failed, in its hostile takeover of a failed rust-belt industry, to treat its newly acquired property with sufficient sangfroid.
- The Midwest is shedding its rust-belt reputation for a new era of artistic appreciation, according to a poll of readers of AmericanStyle, a bi-annual arts lifestyle publication.
More definitions of rust beltDefinition of rust belt in:
- The US English dictionary